On the floor, all the premise of Loopy Wealthy Asians appears like a scene pulled straight from Fairly Lady: wealthy man meets impartial, far-less-rich girl; they fall head over heels; some folks simply do not get it — you know the way this ends. (It is value noting that Constance Wu’s character, Rachel Chu, is not in the identical line of labor.)
But, what makes this film really particular is not solely in its all-Asian forged, but in addition that it depicts a not-so-far-fetched look into the lifetime of Singapore’s one p.c. The divide between outdated cash vs. new cash vs. Asian natives vs. Asian-American is omnipresent, and for those who could not inform by the flamboyant automobiles or $1.2 million jewellery, there could also be one other method to know: with the hair and make-up.
“New cash folks needed to indicate off, so we made the hair and make-up very excessive. We couldn’t have finished that with Nick Younger (Henry Golding)’s household. That facet had a extra traditional look.”
That was the job of the movie’s lead hair and make-up artist, Heiki Merker. “We tried to distinguish the teams from one another,” she informed POPSUGAR. “With the brand new cash folks, they needed to indicate off extra so we made the hair and make-up very excessive. We couldn’t have finished that with Nick Younger (Henry Golding)’s household. That facet had a extra traditional look. The hair was excellent, and we by no means used an excessive amount of make-up each day except there was a celebration — however even then it was as if somebody got here in and did it for them.”
When it got here to guide actor Wu, Merker stored her magnificence model on the minimalistic facet, after which made it progressively fancier as time went on. “Rachel was only a regular working woman from New York; she did not have fancy issues, so we stored her make-up very pure at first. Then when she traveled to Singapore, as she obtained to know the members of the family and obtained invited to the events, we gave her increasingly more and extra make-up. We additionally modified the coiffure on her, making it extra elegant.”
As for what constitutes “expensive-looking” hair, she says it is easy: haircuts. “Wealthy hair is shiny. The ends are by no means dry. Should you at all times reduce your hair, the ends are at all times excellent.” Wanna know the way the hell she stored the forged trying excellent whereas filming within the sweltering warmth with 85 p.c humidity? Merker is spilling all of the tea forward — and sure, it’s loopy wealthy, certainly.